Ot: Rodney Harrison Suspended For Steroids (merged)
Posted 31 August 2007 - 07:55 PM
Posted Aug 31st 2007 8:31PM by Michael David Smith
Filed under: Patriots, Boston, Breaking News
Patriots safety Rodney Harrison has been suspended four games after he admitted to federal investigators that he obtained human growth hormone, ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting:
The admission by Harrison has never been made public but his name was among those known to federal and New York state investigators that conducted a two-year investigation into an Internet pharmaceutical distribution ring for steroids and other performance enhancers such as HGH.
Investigators have discovered several athletes across many sports whose names were linked in the probe. Sources say at least one NFL assistant also has been questioned.
This news is a surprise, to say the least. Although Harrison has often been accused of taking cheap shots on the field, he generally has a solid reputation as far as his off-field conduct is concerned. Harrison is a smart player who has expressed an interest in becoming an NFL referee some day. But this will seriously damage his reputation, and it will also lead to more calls for the NFL to find a way to test its players for HGH. Although the NFL currently subjects all players to random testing for steroids, the league and the players' union say no reliable test for HGH is available.
"Believe deep down inside that you're destined to do great things"- Joe Paterno
Posted 31 August 2007 - 08:04 PM
Posted 31 August 2007 - 08:14 PM
Posted 31 August 2007 - 08:17 PM
Totaly agree with you there. There should be a year off for Steriod use not 4 games, Thats noting
Posted 31 August 2007 - 09:01 PM
that was quite a rant sir. the steroid issue is still relatively new, and new things are coming up. last year goddell i believe said that he wanted to change the fact that steroid users could make the pro bowl. there were no prior instances with that so it was a new topic. i think they are taking it seriously and are moving in the right direction.
Posted 31 August 2007 - 09:36 PM
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Posted 31 August 2007 - 09:41 PM
By relativley new you must mean a quarter of a decade
Posted 31 August 2007 - 10:23 PM
actually yes that's exactly what i mean. its not like this has been around for hundreds of years like gambling (still not fixed as shown by the nba) and it takes a long time for leagues to make appropriate changes. Any large organization or anything is slow to change.
Posted 31 August 2007 - 10:57 PM
Posted 01 September 2007 - 05:18 AM
I totally agree. 4 games is little more than a slap on the wrist whereas in other sports you can expect a two year ban for a first offence. If he's just admitted to taking it now, it may be he has been using the stuff for years, which - if it is the case - a 4 game ban is not a just punishment. It's obvious that the ban right now is not a detterent to players and why on earth do great players like Merriman and Harrison need steroids if they are at the top of the profession?
Is banning a player from the Pro Bowl really a harsh punishment though. Sure it may mean not getting a bonus for making it but what a couple hundred thousand dollars to a player who is making millions and has made millions over the course of his career? If Goodell is serious about weeding out the steroid culture, a first offence should be a year IMO. If it's bumped up to 8 games then that is a lot but when you've been around as long as guys like Harrison have it's hardly much time.
Posted 01 September 2007 - 02:20 PM
It was Human Growth Hormone he was taking.
I presume that anything called Human Growth Hormone helps players grow, that is, get bigger.
Is there any evidence that Harrison is going to get smaller after four games?
I think if you are going to hand out suspensions for cheating, the suspension should at least last as long as the advantage the player gets by committing the cheat. Otherwise, the player would be wise to simply take the substance and treat any possible suspensions as a highly manageable risk. In fact, from a monetary standpoint, the player would be pretty foolish not to take it, since it would increase his stature as a player.
Does anyone have any info on how long the advantages of taking Human Growth Hormone last once the intake has stopped?
Posted 01 September 2007 - 05:13 PM
Well we know for a fact something got smaller, but ridiculous amounts of money compensates for that.